Moroccan Wedding

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Moroccan Wedding

In Morocco the marriage celebration includes several well organized ceremonies that can last from 3 days to a week, depending on the family and region of Morocco. These festivities are always the ideal opportunity to bring Moroccan families together and show the richness of Moroccan customs and traditions through clothing, art, music or cuisine which is represented via a cocktail of delicious dishes. Moroccan women still attend in the traditional ways. The wedding dress is usually a caftan, a sort of long robe made of silk, satin, chiffon, silk or other rich fabrics, and covered with a jacket.

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MOROCCAN CUSTOMS IN WEDDINGS

The future bride and groom start formalities for the marriage about a year prior to the celebrations. Sometimes it is a simple agreement signed in the presence of witnesses and Adoul (Moroccan notary), but generally an act of formal marriage commitment is established in the presence of the family members of the couple. The husband is required to give gifts to his bride. Some gifts may be symbolic, such as sugar, which represents a happy life, or milk for purity or basic gifts which could include dates, water, orange flower and henna. They also include the engagement ring and the alliance. Gifts vary depending on the region of Morocco, and could range from jewelry and bolts of fabric, to caftans, shoes, handbags or perfume.After Henna's Day,on the day of the wedding,the ceremony begins with song and dance, the tradition of Islam demands the ceremony begin by reading Koranic verses and songs in praise of the prophet. Next the guests gather in a large room. The couple follow and the bride, dressed in a white caftan with matching jewelry, heads to a large chair "the Amariya” along with her groom. Four strong men carry the Amaria around the wedding room, so every guest gets to see and wish the couple happiness and good luck. After a few minutes of touring the large guest room, accompanied by music from a live traditional band, the couple is descended from Amariya to sit in two comfortable chairs strategically centered in the room, where wedding guests get to have their pictures taken with the couple. Throughout the ceremony, the bride changes outfits, adorning a selection superb caftons justifying the reputation of Moroccan marriages. The bride can wear as many as seven different outfits, with the last wardrobe change, in general, a magnificent white wedding dress.We can't talk about moroccan wedding without talking about "H'dia".The Moroccan customs of h'dia exist in all social classes. On this occasion the groom gives all sorts of gifts such as clothes and jewelry, even sugar, to the bride depending on social conditions and specific region.Every Moroccan wedding is bound to its region which dictates the details.But generally these are highly symbolic,such as sugar,symbol of happy life,milk,symbol of clarity and purity, and dates,candles,flowers...And we don't forget the"berza".The "berza" which takes place the day of the grand ceremony is an opportunity to present the bride to the guests. Adorned with a traditional dress of ceremony, the bride is installed so as to be seen and admired by the entire audience in a festive atmosphere full of sound and color.In Morocco, more than elsewhere, marriage is seen on the dual, social and religious, as an act of great importance. It is carefully prepared as a major family event, celebrated as a joyful celebration, which also join the families of both spouses and unite in sealed fate, their relatives, friends and neighbors.Any Moroccan wedding continues for several days, in a spirit of solidarity that gives the full measure of community spirit still alive in more rural than urban areas due to the nature of life in the countryside.The party is generally the same throughout the kingdom, the cost of the celebration vary from one region to another, in terms of local traditions, the purpose being, as appropriate, to insist, to consolidate or to confer even more luster to this or that aspect of the festival.Basically, the storyline is the same in northern Morocco as its extreme south, east and west.Embroidery therein provides a distinctive observation of each region and its own cachet. Everything goes into effect, in each region of the country, taking a show off of their special contribution to highlight the talent and skill of their men and women and exercise the care with which they surround this grand ceremony and the quasi-religious respect for the rules governing its conduct.weddingEach region wants, through its Moroccan food, local roots, a unique embroidery for the dress which happens to be ultimately a common task.Each region strives to shine a thousand lights during their Moroccan wedding, but its very distinctive signals is only indicative of the diversity of our Moroccan culture in the cohesion of our contrasts in harmony, in our diversity and uniqueness of our individuality in the whole.Ethnic wedding dresses can add so much character to your wedding day and make it even more memorable for you and your future husband as you include a little bit of your heritage into your special day! ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................


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